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Your Teeth are not Tools!

by on February 21, 2018 | Posted in Blog

Stop go get those scissors! Don’t open that bag up with your teeth! Your teeth were made for eating, not to be used as a pair of scissors or as an extra set of hands when your hands are full. Using your teeth as tools puts you at greater risk for cracking your teeth, injuring your jaw or the possibility of accidentally swallowing something you shouldn’t. So do your teeth a favor and ask for help before using them as tools.

 

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 According to reports the FDA will be issuing a new proposal for regulating homeopathic medicines. The focus will be on products that pose the biggest safety risks, including those that are used for children with serious diseases. Understandably there are some that prefer to use alternative methods, but it is the FDA’s responsibility to protect you from products that have no real benefit, especially those that may cause harm! The FDA will focus on those homeopathic products that are being marketed for the use of serious diseases and illnesses that have been proven to offer no clinical benefit. Unfortunately many have placed their trust and money into these homeopathic medicines only to receive no benefit or even worse, irreparable harm ! In 2016 the FDA alerted the ADA of homeopathic tablets and gels being used for teething that had the potential to cause harm! We recommend looking for the ADA seal of approval when purchasing products to treat your mouth.

 

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Cigar Smoking

by on March 10, 2017 | Posted in Blog

Cigar smoking has been portrayed as the in thing to do! Being glamorized by sports figures and Hollywood actors and actresses. Viewed as a glamorous luxury by both men and woman, cigar sales/smoking are on the rise. Unfortunately this leisurely habit is not only bad for your health and smile it is also addictive and more dangerous than cigarettes. It seems cigar smoking has also become popular with teens ,so much so that 14 percent of high school students are cigar smokers.  Many people think cigar smoking is safer than smoking cigarettes however cigars can have up to 40 times more nicotine and tar in them! The most common effects of smoking cigars is chronic bad breath and heavily stained teeth. The scariest affects of cigar smoking include oral cancer. The death rate related to men smoking cigars are up to 40 percent higher than non-smokers. Detecting oral cancer early can increase your odds for survival.  At our office we can help detect oral cancer with a simple non evasive test.  So do not delay schedule your dental visit today!

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According The American Dental Association older adults are at greater risk for oral health problems. Many older adults are finding it hard to brush twice daily as well as keep up with their routine visits to the dentist . This is a problem because dental caries, gum disease, and oral cancer are common among older adults. The notion that only kids get cavities is not true . In actuality tooth decay is more prevalent among older adults. Prevention magazine lists the following things adults need to know about their oral health; research suggests oral health is linked to heart disease, avoiding dry mouth is important, a fluoride toothpaste and rinse help protect teeth ,and regular dental visits help in detecting any dental issues early . Seniors having trouble brushing their teeth due to osteoporosis or arthritis would benefit greatly from using an electric toothbrush.

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img_3780-2The Academy of General Dentistry reports school lunches and snacks are not nutritious for our children’s teeth. Research has shown an increase in the intake of sugar among school age children thus putting them at a greater risk for tooth decay. Researchers tracked and monitored the teeth of preschool children before and after school. The results showed that 59 percent of the children who had eaten sugar four or more times a day or ate two or more snacks between meals at age 5, increased to 83 percent at age 6; a 24-percent increase. With that, the study found an increase in the number of decayed and missing teeth. It is very important to monitor your child’s eating habits! Help your child avoid candy, soda, caramels, and other foods that contain refined sugar. Eating meals and snacks full of fresh fruits and vegetables will not only help your child maintain a healthy diet but also will help ensure good oral health!

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